Alessio Romagnoli had made his move to Milan from Roma official earlier today as the 20-year old U-21 Italian centre-back put pen to paper on a 5-year deal, keeping him with the club until June 30, 2020. The young Italian prospect made a lucrative transfer away from the Giallorossi for a fee of 25 million euros which is to be spread out and paid by the Rossoneri over five years, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
Despite much talk about bonuses being included, it appears that Milan will not pay any however, Roma have confirmed through their club site that they will receive 30% of future profit should Romagnoli be sold for anything exceeding the €25m. Here is the official statement by the club on the details:
“A.S. Roma S.p.A announces that it has struck a deal with A.C. Milan over the permanent transfer of Alessio Romagnoli for a fixed overall fee of €25 million. In the eventuality that Romagnoli is sold on, Milan have also agreed to pay Roma 30% of any amount higher than €25 million.”
Prior to signing the contract at Casa Milan, the now ex-Roma man spoke about the move to the media:
“If it’s possible, then I will wear number 13 for Milan like Nesta did. Nesta? I have a long way to go before I reach his level. Mihajlovic always told me that he would take me with him if it was possible. I will try to give my best for Milan. (Rudi) Garcia wanted to keep me at Roma, but the club decided to sell me. And I also wanted to join Milan. This is very exciting for me. I’m at the most successful club in the world. It’s up to me now to do well and prove my worth.”
Before heading to his first training session at Milanello, Romagnoli shared with the faithful Milan supporters outside Casa Milan that he will follow in the footsteps of Alessandro Nesta and wear the number 13 kit.
The haul of Alessio Romagnoli is a very significant move for not just the current state of the club but for the future as well. The investment of €25 million is certainly a large figure, however many around the game view this transaction as key to Milan’s revival. He is an elite Italian prospect at a very young age with tremendous upside and acquiring a player like him at a position tough to find quality at makes the premium paid easier to stomach. He has drawn comparisons to Nesta as his frame, stature and approach to defending seem to be nearly identical. The 6’2″, 170lb Romagnoli stands nearly pound for pound with Nesta so it’s fair to make the comparison when observing him on the pitch.
At age 20 and with an entire club and international career ahead of him, there is optimism that the current U-21 Azzurri defender will mold into one of the best central defenders in Europe, along with Juventus’ own starlet Daniele Rugani. From a Milanista’s point of view, you can’t help but be thrilled to have a potential star player in the squad who has fielded some of the world’s best to ever play in the back. The Paolo Maldini’s and Franco Baresi’s of the world seem to be extinct in this modern era of football and the Rossoneri have found it difficult to find their next perennial Italian defender but with the arrival of this highly-praised youngster, perhaps the Anzio native will create his own legacy with the historic San Siro outfit.
Now it would be tough to find a unsatisfied Milanista today after the arrival of Romagnoli. If you are the seller in this move, you certainly have a different perspective on the matter so in order to gauge the mood from a Romanista, I asked diehard Giallorossi supporter Wayne Girard (@ASRomainEnglish on Twitter) to share his thoughts and here is what he had to say:
“Aside from the emotional aspect of losing our third Roman in this summer’s mercato, Romagnoli was touted as Roma’s “Next Big Thing,” or “Capitano futuro, futuro, futuro,” after De Rossi and Florenzi. Although 30 million euros may seem like a lot now, it is a small fee for a future Azzurri starter at the beginning of his career. It will be a blow to Roma’s progress. However, the emotional and psychological impact took a wild twist when last night, it was discovered that Romagnoli was indeed a Laziale, as pictures of him surfaced in last year’s Lazio shirt. Now we look forward to the future, with Ezequiel Garay being tracked by (Walter) Sabatini, and future Italian international Elio Capradossi.”
Romagnoli’s move away from the capital club has left a sour taste in the mouth’s of Romanisti for a few reasons so on some front, I can feel for them as it hurts to let go of one of your own before he can even sniff the surface of his potential. With Alessio Romagnoli now with the 7-time Champions League winners under his Sampdoria manager Sinisa Mihajlovic, Milan have a lot to look forward to as they have finally filled the long, dark void in their squad.
Alessio Romagnoli trades in Yellow and Red for Red and Black and is ready to create a legacy of his own as a defender with A.C. Milan.